Church and Christianity
Foreigners visiting Reykjavík are probably quick to notice the many churches in the town, most of which are new. Congregations themselves are responsible for church building and most churches also function as congregational centres, intended to offer various kinds of social activities.
About 80% of people are in the Lutheran-Evangelical Church. This may give the impression that Icelanders are united as to matters of faith, but this is not the case. Icelanders are not particularly church-going people, although during festive times the churches are filled, the children's Sunday Schools are also quite popular and many are active in church choirs.
Icelanders generally regard belief as a private matter but, no less than politics, out of interest people gladly and often discuss religion.
Although the national Lutheran Church is the most attended, there are other congregations in Iceland. About 3% of people are in the Catholic Church that can be found in various parts of the country. In addition, there are a cluster of smaller congregations, amongst which one might cite a flock which believes in the Old Norse gods (that is, the “ásatrúarflokkurinn”): it has received a lot of attention in the media. However, only 0.6% of the people belong to this group.